NEW YORK, NY - Dec 2, 2009 - Film distributor GKIDS announced today that it
Latest Kells' Press Release 12_02_09
has just released four never-before-seen online clips of the award-winning
animated feature THE SECRET OF KELLS by director Tomm Moore. THE SECRET OF
KELLS is vying for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Feature category
and has been praised by audiences, critics and animation fans worldwide.
The clips are now available on YouTube, www.gkids.tv, and other online video
sites. YouTube links for the four clips are below:
"Secret of Kells - This is My Forest"
"Secret of Kells - Pangur Ban"
"Secret of Kells - Attack on the Abbey of Kells"
"Secret of Kells - The Eye of Crom"
ANNIE AWARD NOMINATION - A groundswell of support for THE SECRET OF KELLS
within the animation community has resulted in a surprise nomination by The
Annie Awards for Best Animated Feature, announced December 1.
All other nominees are wide release, major studio pictures including "Up",
"Coraline", "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", and
"Princess and the Frog". THE SECRET OF KELLS has already been nominated
for Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards (winner to be
announced December 11), is winner of the Audience Award at the prestigious
Annecy International Animation Festival, and was the first animated film in
history to win the Edinburgh Film Festival. THE SECRET OF KELLS opens in
Los Angeles Dec 4 for an exclusive one week Academy-qualifying run at the
AMC Burbank 8. The film opens nationally March 2010.
GKIDS President, Eric Beckman said, "The grassroots support for this film is
phenomenal. Everyone who has seen the movie has fallen in love. After the
Creative Talent Network Expo screening literally dozens of animators came up
and asked to help spread the word-and the result is the ASIFA nomination
alongside "Up" and "Coraline" and other major studio releases. The fact is,
"Kells" is a breathtaking and totally unique film and absolutely deserves
the Oscar nomination. We may not enjoy the marketing budgets of some other
titles in the running, but we are 100% committed to building bottom up
support and getting audiences to discover this amazing film."
"The Secret of Kells"
Exclusive One Week Engagement
AMC Burbank Town Center 8
201 E Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91501, 1-888-AMC-4FUN
Friday, Dec 4 at 7pm
Sat-Sun, Dec 5-6 at 2pm
Mon-Thurs, Dec 7-10 at 7pm
Q&A with director Tomm Moore following Sun Dec 6 show
SYNOPSIS: Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of
color and detail that dazzle the eyes, in this sweeping story about the
power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young
Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege
from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives
from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with
secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to
overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the
enchanted forest, where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets
the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the
way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and
artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the
best fortification against evil? SECRET OF KELLS is a
France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon
Saloon and France 2 Cinema and features the voices of Brendan Gleeson
("Harry Potter", "In Bruges"), Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney.
ABOUT GKIDS: GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animated entertainment
specializing in titles that cross over between art-house and family
audiences. Recent theatrical releases include Michel Ocelot's acclaimed
"Azur & Asmar", in partnership with the Weinstein Company, and Nina Paley's
animated multiple-festival-winning animated feature, "Sita Sings the Blues".
Upcoming GKIDS releases include Tomm Moore's animated Oscar contender "The
Secret of Kells", and European Film Award nominee "Mia and the Migoo" by
Jacques-Remy Girerd. GKIDS is also longtime producer of the New York Int'l
Children's Film Festival, North America's largest festival of film for
children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Frances McDormand, John
Turturro, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, and Matthew Modine. The GKIDS.TV
website is a place where children, teens, and adults can watch, rate,
review, buy and share award-winning film and animation from around the
Contact: Dave Jesteadt